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People enjoy watching violence in movies, whether it’s the goofy antics of cartoons like Looney Tunes or the Avengers beating up the bad guys in big action films. It’s like a way to let out our feelings or because we know it’s all pretend, so it’s okay. We also know that there aren’t real consequences, both in the movie and in real life. I’m not here to judge people who like this kind of stuff—I’m one of them. Instead, I want to talk about what happens when moviemakers take this violence to the extreme.

There are some movies that go way over the top, showing really shocking, disgusting, and messed-up stuff. They leave a mark on your brain with images and ideas about our darkest and most messed-up impulses—impulses that might not be so different from the violence we see in more “normal” movies (Oops, I guess I’m admitting to liking those too!).

So, here’s a list of the most disturbing movies ever made. These are the kinds of movies that will seriously mess with your head and leave you feeling really uneasy. Watch them if you dare.


1. A Serbian Film

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.